I’m finally going to be participating in NaNoWriMo. For those of you that don’t know, it stands for National Novel Writing Month. I’ve wanted to participate for a few years now but I never really got into the mindset to do it in time. This year I’m putting a plan together and my friend and I are going to be working on what I would love to be able to call our first novel. It’s not a plot that we’ve just come up with, it something we’ve been developing for the last year. Now it’s finally time to get it all down in a more book friendly format.
I also know that once November is over that we’re done. To get it to publish worthy status we’ll have a lot of work cut out for us. Please to proof and edit not only the spelling and grammar but also the story itself.
Prior to graduating college I never even considered trying to be a writer. I always made top marks in English class and I worked on my high school newspaper, but writing a book always seemed like something that was out of my reach. A little over two years ago I did start writing and I’ve found that I love it. Developing characters, places, stories; its all something I wish I would have picked up on at a much younger age.
Another thing I’ve been doing post college is reading. I was never an avid reader when I was younger, and the thought of summer reading for school was always something I dreaded. In fact, my senior year of high school I never even bothered with it. How I wish I wouldn’t have been so stubborn now. I’ve been trying to absorb books like a sponge when I can, no matter the style or subject. I’ve been reading everything from series you find in the teen section at your bookstore to the classics that I never got around to and everything in between. The more I read, the better I feel like my writing is; so I try to set aside time every day for both.
I know we’ve got a long road ahead of us, but I’ve set my mind to it and I won’t settle on anything less than getting that first book published.
One of the biggest things I’ve been trying to get back into is reading. There was a time when I could blow through fifty books a year with no problem. I may have read that many in the last three years combined. I miss reading so its definitely something I’m going push myself to do more of. At least once a month I’m going to blog about the books I’ve read over the last few months or weeks, depending on how long it takes me to catch up to where I’m at.
This month I don’t want to talk about a book or series of books so much as I want to talk about an author. I occasionally use my friend’s Audible account when she’s purchased something that I’d also like to take a listen to. Earlier in the summer she recommended that I read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. At the time I’d never heard of it or knew about the movie being made so I went ahead and started listening. Let’s just say that I couldn’t stop. I finished the audio book in about two days, staying up way too late in order to do so. I listened at work, in the car, everywhere I could. I loved the way the book is set up, and I don’t want to spoil anything for people that haven’t read it yet, but the way the story evolves is brilliant and keeps you on your toes. Just when you think you’ve got everything figured out; well, you’ll see.
Far too many times I’ve found books to be too predictable, with me figuring out the big secret very early on. These three books proved a challenge to that, and most of the time I was left until the author chose to reveal all the secrets. It’s why I couldn’t put the book down, so to speak, and immediately read the other two as soon as I had the chance. The next one I read, or listened to was Dark Places. I have to say out of the three books this one was my least favorite, but that in no way means that I thought to book was bad. The last book I read was Sharp Objects and again I found myself unable to to stop listening.
I don’t want to do a review or give away anything from these three books but I highly recommend you check them out. All three are on my to reread list and I’m going to have to snag the Kindle versions asap!
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